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December 19, 2023

How to Protect Yourself Online While Online Shopping

Author: Sam Munakl

Online shopping is making our life easy now. From groceries, appliances, and clothes you can purchase everything online. Many of us depend on online shopping because it is comfortable and accessible for us. As we continue to shift to online shopping, the number of cyberattacks and frauds is increasing. How to protect yourself online? That is the biggest concern while you shop online.

Tips on How to protect yourself online:

Shop from a secure website

When you shop online, shop from a secure website. Check that the URL begins with ‘https’ instead of ‘http’. Secure websites are encrypted. It allows you to complete a purchase and protect your personal and credit card information from being hacked. 

Use unique usernames and passwords

When you do online shopping through an account on a website, your personal data and credit card information are stored in the accounts. These accounts help you to see the order status, order history, and make future purchases easier. However, it is important to make sure each account you use has a unique username and password. For instance, if you have five accounts for different websites, if one account is hacked the hacker will have access to all five accounts.

Be cautious of suspicious link

Nowadays many are trapped by clicking suspicious links. You may receive an email from your favorite brand offering you a big discount. When you click on that link it may lead to other sites. Many hackers use fake email IDs and brand names to trap customers and steal their information. Instead of clicking on the link you can directly visit the website and check for the offer. This can avoid fraudulent activity. 

If a deal is too good be cautious

If you see a message saying to subscribe to get a free iPhone, or the price will drop too much. Be cautious, it could be a scam message. 

Avoid using public Wi-Fi while online shopping

Using free Wi-Fi in public places allows hackers to access your device and steal your personal information. Your data is not usually encrypted while using public Wi-Fi. The fact is that hackers can create fake Wi-Fi and as soon you connect with it, they will have complete access to your device. 

Keep your device updated

The best defense against viruses, malware, and online threats is having the latest security software, web browsers, and operating systems. Turn on automatic updates to get notifications on the most recent updates. 

Read the Privacy policies of the site

Privacy policies of sites, though long and complex, will tell you how that particular site will protect your personal information. Though online shopping has many advantages, it can also make you vulnerable to identity theft, fraud, and other scams. Be cautious while you shop online. Never ignore the tips on how to protect yourself online. 

Cytek Cybersecurity Services 

Cytek helps secure your business against growing cyber threats. We provide all-in-one cybersecurity solutions to ensure your network is safe. We hope this blog helps you to be aware of how to protect yourself online. Contact us to learn more about our services.

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